Construction is a $54 billion-per-year industry in Texas that employs 1 in 13 workers. The construction industry includes everything from roofing to demolitions to roadway paving. Because of the nature of the job, construction workers are exposed to a number of hazards. According to a study from the University of Texas, 1 in 5 construction workers will require hospitalization due to injuries on the job.
Texas is the only state in the country that does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Even if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, it may not be enough to cover all the losses you experience because of a workplace injury. If you have been injured because of the negligence of your employer or a third party, you may have options for filing a personal injury lawsuit.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C. our Houston construction injury attorneys can discuss the specifics of your case and explain your options for pursuing compensation. We have more than four decades handling work accident cases and will fight for the maximum possible recovery in your case.
Some common types of construction accidents that result in fatal and non-fatal injuries include:
• Transportation accidents
• Being struck by an object
• Being caught in/between an object
• Overexertion in lifting or lowering
• Fires and explosions
• Chemical exposure
One out of every five work-related deaths are in the construction industry. In 2014, the fatal four accidents–falls, electrocutions, struck by object, caught-in/between objects–were responsible for more than half of construction worker deaths, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and are often the result of unsafe conditions, inadequate safety equipment or protocol, or negligence.
Some of the common causes of accidents include the following:
• Inadequate fall protection
• Inadequate grounding
• Improper scaffold or guardrail construction
• Inadequate safety training
• Uneven walking surface
• Exposed electrical parts
• Inadequate wiring
• Overloaded circuits
• Lack of proper safety gear
• Malfunctioning tools or equipment
• Failure to properly maintain equipment
• Failure to comply with safety regulations
• Inadequate machine guarding
On average, two construction workers die every day in the United States and thousands more are injured. Construction workers have the highest number of fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries than any other industry, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Common injuries in construction accidents include:
The type of claim you can pursue and the compensation available will depend on the nature of your accident or injury, your occupation, and whether your employer provides workers’ compensation coverage. If you’ve been seriously injured in a construction-related accident, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for help. Our Houston construction injury lawyers can evaluate your case and help you determine your best legal options.
We are committed to helping injured workers obtain the compensation they deserve to rebuild their lives following a serious work-related injury. We have a proven track record of success, which includes obtaining multi-million dollar recoveries and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We have the resources, knowledge, and skills to fight for the maximum available compensation in each case we handle.
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